Town of Hector to Vote on Expansion of NY’s Largest Landfill in FLX

If you are a Town of Hector Resident, we wish to share an opportunity with you to weigh in on protecting the Finger Lakes region from  accepting 6,000 tons of garbage daily from 47 counties in NY, four other states, and one country -for another 15 years.

Slated to close in 2025, the Seneca Meadows Landfill is located between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, and while it's a few miles away from Hector, its impacts aren't isolated to the host community where it resides.  Truck traffic carrying trash traverses our rural roads, the landfill emits millions of cubic feet of fugitive emissions impacting climate change, and produces millions of gallons of PFAS-laden leachate that gets dumped into our waterways and drinking water sources statewide. Not to mention the fact that the Birthplace of Women's Rights, Seneca Falls, is now a disadvantaged community with elevated cancer clusters, and that the landfill is located near the heart of the Cayuga Nation, disproportionately impacting indigenous people.

Regional Governments Opposed to Seneca Meadows Landfill

We're at a tipping point in the region: are we a world-class tourist destination, or the dumping ground for New York? Many towns, counties and villages have already voted on resolutions opposing the landfill's expansion, and now the Town of Hector will be considering a resolution at its next meeting on February 13th at 7:00 pm in the Hector Town Hall 5097 NYS Route 227, Burdett NY 14818.

Please urge the Board to adopt a resolution opposing the landfill's expansion. You can do so in several ways: 

1.) attend the meeting in person, and speak during the public participation portion of the meeting

2.) send the Town Clerk an email requesting that your statement be entered into the 2/13 meeting minutes and shared with all members of the Board. 

3.) participate via Zoom on the Town's Facebook Page

4.) Call the Town Board and urge them to support a resolution opposing the landfill's growth: (607) 546-5286

There are a myriad of reasons why we need to stand together as a region and let the DEC know that the Finger Lakes is not a dumping ground.  Please refer to our Seneca Meadows Fact Sheet for more information and talking points.

Whatever your reasons are, or the points you raise, are up to you; but the bottom line is, we're asking you to support our efforts to protect the Finger Lakes by contacting the Hector Town Board and urging them to vote yes on a resolution opposing the Seneca Meadows Landfill's expansion.

Thank you for doing your part to protect the Finger Lakes!